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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...
The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Nice museum.

It is not a big museum but has impressive collections and exhibitions. The visit takes about an hour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
Mingmei Hong L
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160 reviews 160 reviews
59 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

It is not a big museum but has impressive collections and exhibitions. The visit takes about an hour.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

The museum is small, but enjoyable. However the museum is not the only thing to see at Volunteer park. Take a walk down the street to the arboretum. There are some beautiful flowers there. Enjoy a walk around the ground and climb the tower.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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20 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We went to check this museum and found some interesting stuff, the ancient ceramics, sculptures, drawings and paintings.

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Southport, CT
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62 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Has recently purchased the Ai Wei Wei collection of colorfully painted vases. Also other modern Chinese artists. The Mr. Exhibit consisted of colorful cartoon-like paintings with many of the well known Japanese pictures of girls with big eyes. In addition there is an installation of reclaimed materials and their odors to represent the turbulence wrought on people's lives from the... More 

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Reno Nevada
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is one case in which the building itself was more wonderful than the art inside. Even if you don't pay the small admission price, go inside the lobby and take in the beauty of the building and the careful attention to the fixtures (doors, lights, tables, etc.). What a feast! There are some other wonderful spaces throughout the museum,... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Volunteer Park is a great destination itself, and this Art Deco building is right in the middle of it. The collection of Asian artifacts is very small, however. The first Thursday and first Saturday of each month are free, including the special exhibit, so I would try to visit then if possible. The Seattle Conservatory is only a short walk... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I read the reviews and thought this would be a good place to visit. I was incorrect....I would place this at the lower end of the art museums I have been to. Wish I hadn't wasted my time coming here.

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We have only visited this museum once and that for a specific exhibit. Thus this is not a review of the museum as a whole. This Fall the SAAM had an Art Deco Japan exhibit that was not only an eye-opener but a very terrifically done exhibit that educated the viewer to 1920s and 1930s (in particular) Japan. The setting... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Full disclosure: I am not an Asian art lover. I do, however, love Art Deco. We did not go to any other part of the museum so this review is only of this one exhibit. It's a fantastic private collection on loan to the museum. A fascinating glimpse into a time period in a culture that I think of as... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I went to see the absolutely stunning Deco Japan exhibit. If you have not already seen it - you have until Oct 19. Run, don't walk! The museum contains well organized displays of Asian art - both contemporary and older. There is always something interesting to see. There is a suggested admission fee The building itself is located in Volunteer... More 

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